Classics Worldtimer Manufacture: Native Edition 2022
Introduced in 2012, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture has established itself in record time as one of Frederique Constant's best-selling timepieces and is widely acclaimed by the watchmaking community. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, the brand launched two models in March, a US exclusive “Summer of 76” model in June, and is now introducing the exclusive Native Edition, limited to 100 pieces.
Over the years, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture charmed collectors by offering different dial colors. The Native Edition is the most innovative in term of design, thanks to the city disc featuring 24 cities printed in 9 languages: English, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Brazilian.
An anniversary celebrated in many languages
Limited to 100 pieces, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Native Edition features a unique dial. For the first time, to pay tribute to collectors around the world, cities are displayed in their native language for a total of 9 languages: English, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Brazilian. As a tribute to International Geneva, Geneva is exceptionally displayed in English.
The watch dial features a white background to represent the oceans of the central planisphere, itself embossed in light blue. All around luminescent indexes are applied to ensure perfect readability, even at night – like the hour and minute hands, marked in the same way. The blue disc displaying 24 cities unfolds on the flange, and at 6 o’clock the date is displayed by a hand on a white, fine sunray guilloché dial.
The hands of the hours, minutes and seconds - as well as the contour of the indexes - elegantly feature a pearl black color. With a 42 mm diameter, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture Native Edition timepiece is worn on a black alligator strap with a folding buckle, decorated with the emblematic seal of the Frederique Constant Manufacture, an eternal passport for escape.
How does the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture today manage to impose itself in collectors’ hearts? A single question, but several answers, all combined within its new variations.
A useful complication
Firstly, a useful complication, the Worldtimer – not a creation of watchmakers for watchmakers, but a piece that will be routinely used by a wide audience. This great invention intended for exploration and travel can be used to read, instantly, the exact time in the 24 cities representing the 24 reference time zones – with, the bonus of a visual indication of the cities currently experiencing night or day. New York, Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro or Dubai: each city is a beckoning to escape which, for 10 years, has carried in it the dreams of all the world’s globetrotters.
Ease of use
Secondly, with a Manufacture movement that remains within the realm of accessible watchmaking luxury. For more than 15 years, Frederique Constant has been able to design and assemble its own movements in-house, within its Geneva manufacture. The result is the FC-718 automatic caliber, with its 38-hour power reserve. It is an example of reliability and simplicity: all its indications are set with the crown, thanks to an ingenious three-notch system. At the first, it winds the watch, at the second, it sets the date (upwards) and the reference city (downwards), and at the third, it sets the central display time.
Simple and intuitive, this design allows the wearer to cross time zones driven solely by the desire to discover the world, without having to worry about the time read: local time (with the central hands) and domestic time (via the mobile flange) are automatically synchronized with each other. It is also easy to distinguish day and night-time zones: the two tones of the same disk (dark for night, white for day) naturally indicate this, by two consecutive 12-hour segments, opposite the reference cities concerned.
This exceptional movement is visible through the open caseback of the timepiece. Like any genuine Manufacture caliber by Frederique Constant, it is richly decorated with the Côtes de Genève stripe and delicate stippling of its bottom plate, above which turns its oscillating weight with a satin and draw file finish.
The world within reachFinally, the Classics Worldtimer Manufacture is above all a creation of a modern and timeless design and an invitation to travel. Represented on its dial across the five continents, the marvels of nature are the witnesses of a world that has been built by events and civilizations. Precious guardians of cultures and traditions as well as know-how, civilizations perpetuate their heritage and enables people to open their minds to different customs, in order to enrich their experience.